Islamic Community Response (ICR)

Our innovative team provides confidential mental health crisis intervention for children and youth living in Scarborough, Ontario. We provide the following services:


  • Mental health assessment

  • Support after a critical incident with community impact such as suicide, experiences of islamophobia, and community violence

  • Safety planning

  • Guidance understanding the Islamic concept of demonic possessions and mental health symptoms common to humanity

  • Resource and referral coordination

  • Brief crisis stabilization and healing (individual and/or group) if needed

  • Family or group support

  • Professional consultation

What is ICR?

  • ICR uses Islamic teachings to provide brief therapeutic engagement for children and youth in crisis

  • An ICR  practitioner doing an assessment of someone in an office or in the community may support people seeking deeper understanding from an Islamic point of view as well as an ecological perspective (such as health systems or social networks)

  • Health interventions may be recommended or supported for increasing access to local systemic services needed for healing

  • ICR is culturally attuned to barriers experienced by Muslim Youth when receiving health services, especially mental health treatment, such as islamophobia, racism, sexism and intersectionality, intercultural barriers, and neighbourhood stigma. 

  • ICR was developed as a result of Quba Community Service’s direct practice and history of serving Muslim Youth in Toronto in crisis after a critical or life changing incident.

Things to consider

  • ICR is not designed to primarily support families understand the Mental Health Act or facilitate an order by justice of the peace for a psychiatric examination.

  • When a situation for an individual is not a crisis, we may still try our best to provide or connect them with services on an urgent basis.

  • Mental health services may vary by neighbourhood, scope of practice, and individual practitioners within an agency. Therefore, we cannot guarantee we will be able to recommend a service which meets the diverse needs of every child or youth. 

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2655 Lawrence Ave. East 

Scarborough, ON. M1P 2S3

Unit: A 19A

Charity Registration Number: 

811921303 RR 0001

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